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This Morning doctor Chris Steele reveals he has been diagnosed with skin cancer for the second time
19:54 GMT, 4 December 2012
This Morning doctor Chris Steele has revealed he has been diagnosed with skin cancer 16 years after he was first treated for it.
The GP told show hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby the cancer was 'purely the result of over-exposure to the sun and sunbeds' many years ago.
He said: 'Back in 1996 I had skin cancer on the left side of my cheek which was removed and I was left with a hole in my cheek about the size of a fifty pence piece and a skin surgeon stitched the edges together and you can't see where its been.
Opening up: Dr Chris Steele has revealed he has been diagnosed with skin cancer for the second time
'A few years later my wife said “you've got a mark on your back just the same as your face”, and I went back to see the guy and yes, it was another skin cancer – a different type to the other one I had on my face…and then two weeks ago, I found a mark on my leg.'
'I went to the specialist again and yes, it was skin cancer and my whole body was checked.
'I was told I've got more on my face, an early stage of skin cancer.'
Visual examples: The health professional showed Holly and Phil some examples of marks that can be skin cancer
Chris then showed viewers the early signs to look out for and what his skin cancer marks currently look like.
After the show the health professional explained: 'My skin cancers are purely the result of over-exposure to the sun and sunbeds, many years ago.
'I'm 67, so 40-50 years ago we didn't know the dangers of UV exposure, or soaking up the sun on holidays abroad.'
He added: 'As many viewers will have been abroad soaking up the sun this year, they should be skin aware and the message is that if you have any marks on skin that have been exposed to the sun's rays, and that mark is slowly growing, then let your GP have a glance at it.'
Second time unlucky: The Dr was treated for skin cancer 16-years-ago
Symptoms: Dr Chris said he said signs of cancer on his leg